7/29/2016 – 7 AM run, warm & muggy, 14 easy miles
Longest training run to date. On top of that the humidity was high and took a beating on the body. However, I was able to maintain my running form for one critical reason: sloppy from causes injuries.
A chain is as strong as its weakest link.
For runners, the weakest link is our connective tissues which include bone, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and fascia. Because, the connective tissues adapt at much slower rate than muscle. Source: A Runner’s Guide To Connective Tissue. And we want to avoid injury.
During the build up phase, we gradually increase our distance. Key word being “gradually.” Pushing too hard or forcing it through “mind over body” results in the connective tissues taking the load. As the Runner’s Guide points out, “when you allow your muscle development to outpace connective tissue adaptation, the result can be injury.”
Additionally, there are exercises for the connective tissues as mentioned in the Guide. My favorite is the Active Isolation Stretch (AIS). You can search on YouTube under the AIS for (fill in the blank).
What is your weakest link? Do you know how to handle it?